Some insights on religion from public goods economics

Goorha, Prateek 2011, Some insights on religion from public goods economics, Forum for social economics, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 221-231, doi: 10.1007/s12143-010-9080-7.

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Title Some insights on religion from public goods economics
Author(s) Goorha, Prateek
Journal name Forum for social economics
Volume number 40
Issue number 2
Start page 221
End page 231
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2011-07
ISSN 0736-0932
Keyword(s) religion
public good
club good
Summary This paper provides a theoretical discussion on what analytical insight is gained by viewing religion as both a pure and impure public good. It suggests that organized religion converts a public good into an excludable club good and can be viewed as providing both an access regime for this club good as well as acting as an intermediary. Interestingly, this drives a wedge between the ardent and moderate adherents of a religion. It also presents an analysis of trust in social relationships when organized religion works to provide a credible signal of trustworthiness.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s12143-010-9080-7
Field of Research 140214 Public Economics- Publically Provided Goods
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Association for Social Economics
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